Books by Mimi Matthews

B-
The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter

This was the second of Ms. Matthews’ novels that I read, and I enjoyed this one every bit as much as her first, The Lost Letter.  Despite that, however, The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter suffers from much the same problem that plagued the earlier book in that after the author introduces two ...

B+
The Work of Art

What made me pick up Mimi Matthews’ The Work of Art was the simple fact that the rich, powerful duke with the dark past was the villain rather than the hero. What kept me reading, though, was a well-crafted story with a compelling hero and heroine. It has a couple of issues which I’ll mention la ...

D+
The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter

Mimi Matthews’ The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter begins with Tristan Sinclair, Viscount St. Ashton, hoping to blot out the bleakness of his life at a house party. Then he hears a woman crying in the garden, and he finds Miss Valentine March, a downtrodden companion. She’s in tears because ...

B-
The Lost Letter

Mimi Matthews’ The Lost Letter is a sweet second-chance romance that is very readable, but also trope-heavy and predictable as a result. It’s still worth your time, especially if you’re a fan of this author or just looking for an historical romance that’s solid if not spectacular. Sylvia ...

C
The Winter Companion

After reading good reviews of Mimi Matthews’ books on AAR, I decided to give a couple of her Christmas romances a try, and I began with The Winter Companion, the fourth in her Parish Orphans of Devon series. While this was a pleasant read with some aspects I liked, it will probably appeal more to ...

B-
A Holiday by Gaslight

Mimi Matthews’ A Holiday by Gaslight has a familiar premise: a wealthy tradesman hopes to marry an aristocrat’s daughter. I always look forward to romances where the heroes aren’t aristocrats. Even better, this one begins with the heroine telling him she doesn’t want to marry him, so I settl ...

B+
Gentleman Jim

I loved everything about Mimi Matthew’s Gentleman Jim - the set-up, the principal characters, the pacing and tension, the swoony, second chance romance (le sigh) - and I was prepared to give it a DIK.  But then I read the epilogue.  Oh dear.  Ms. Matthews makes casual reference to the happy eve ...

C+
Gentleman Jim

Mimi Matthews’ Gentleman Jim reminds one of a mid-Regency The Count of Monte Cristo, featuring as it does a poor sailor’s son who assumes a fresh identity and seeks romance with the woman he’s always loved after being unjustly accused of a crime.  It’s a fairly engrossing ripper of a tale, ...

A
Fair as a Star

Have you ever finished a romance novel and needed a few moments of quiet reflection before you can rejoin ‘the real world’ again?  Time to sit and savor the pleasures of a well written story?  If you haven’t - or, if you’re eager to do it again - I recommend you read Fair as a Star.  Gent ...

A-
A Convenient Fiction

A Convenient Fiction beautifully mixes Georgette.Heyer with Victoria Holt.  Part gothic romance, part family story with a tiny sprinkling of humor thrown in, it’s a lovely, spooky heartbreaker of a novel that sinks its claws right into you, then kisses the wound it leaves behind. Laura Hayes i ...